Hangouts With Extras (Hangout Features Incubator) Is Officially Retired

Hangouts with extras was an hangout incubator where google+ team tried and launched several hangout features before making it a part of the core hangout product.

Google docs, youtube, screen sharing, hangout apps, named hangouts, etc., to name a few features started in hangouts with extras and later graduated and made it to the main product. Now it’s time to bid adieu for hangouts with extras. Pretty much all the features that were available as part of it are now graduated and available in hangout.

Hangouts with extras link while starting a hangout

Google docs, screen share, youtube all were part of hangouts with extras

Before: Hangouts with extras (hangout beta product)

Now the Hangout with extras link is gone

Link to hangout with extras is removed

Now: Hangouts with extras link is gone

This is where the team tried and gathered feedback for all hangout features mentioned above. Now all these features added to the main hangout product, hangout with extras is no longer required and hence it is officially retired (according to chew of google+ team).

Although one cool feature we are going to miss forever is named hangouts. Earlier you create a named hangout and link was permanent which was very useful for regular scheduled meetings.

All we have to do is share that link with the team and everyone just use that link to join the hangout. Earlier it was not required to start a hangout and invite the circle every time for a meeting.

If you have created and used named hangouts before it won’t work anymore and you’ll be automatically redirected to the hangouts page to start a hangout.


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  1. Paul Benedict

    Dear Google Gods, 

    I have no good reason to have done this, but I thought the URL naming and permalink function in Google hangouts was here to stay, so I built a lot of things on top of it.  

    Is there any workaround, any way to be able to setup a URL ahead of time that will get everyone into the same hangout?  With the Live Broadcasting features, this seems like a no-brainier, as anytime someone would need to reference the hangout on a website, they will need a URL to do that. 

    Please help us!

    Paul Benedict

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